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Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, before his marriage to Kate Middleton
Prince William arrives at Westminster Abbey, London, before his marriage to Kate Middleton
Commuters walk past a newsagent on the day of The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait attends a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011
A local holds a commemorative coin produced for The Royal Wedding at Circular Quay on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Australians will enjoy the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton as it is beamed live across the country on Friday evening local time.
Guests attend a gala pre-wedding dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Major Sydney newspapers front pages displaying the day of the Royal Wedding at a newsagency on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Major Sydney newspapers and magazinges on display on the day of the Royal Wedding at a newsagency on April 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia
Dean Dwyer of Victoria Fruits, hangs Union flags from his fruit stall in Victoria, ahead of royal wedding at Westminster Abbey
BBC presenter Andrew Marr arrives outside Westmister Abbey, London, prior to the royal wedding
People gather outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
A woman watches a man sleeping outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
People (names not known) gather outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the morning of the royal wedding. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
People (names not known) gather outside Buckingham Palace, London, on the morning of the royal wedding
Union Flags in The Mall, London, on the day of the royal wedding.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catherine Middleton;
Catherine Middleton waves to the crowds as she arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton, arrives at the Goring Hotel where she will spend her last night as a unmarried woman ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 28, 2011 in London With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place.(Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catherine Middleton;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: An Italian tourist extends her hand over her idea of the Royal Jewels next to a cardbaord mock up of Prince William and Kate Middleton outside Westminster Abbey a day ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Two women display a British flag bearing a portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton from a balcony of The Sanctuary next to Westminster Abbey a day ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Catherine Middleton arrives at The Goring Hotel after visiting Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are in place. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Catherine Middleton;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: A couple strolls the Mall while wearing Prince William and Catherine Middleton masks ahead of tomorrow's marriage ceremony of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: A couple strolls the Mall while wearing Prince William and Catherine Middleton masks ahead of tomorrow's marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Workmen rake gravel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Spectators draped in British flags stand next to Westminster Abbey the day before Prince William and Kate Middleton are scheduled to marry there on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the Royal Wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: An ardent fan of Prince William and Kate Middleton lets himself be photographed with another fan along the procession route a day ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 28: Larry, the Downing Street cat, gets in the Royal Wedding spirit in a Union flag bow-tie in the Cabinet Room at number 10 Downing Street on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Prince William will marry his fiancee Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. (Photo by James Glossop - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 28: Larry, the Downing Street cat, gets in the Royal Wedding spirit in a Union flag bow-tie in the Cabinet Room at number 10 Downing Street on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Prince William will marry his fiancee Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. (Photo by James Glossop - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 28: Larry, the Downing Street cat, gets in the Royal Wedding spirit in a Union flag bow-tie in the Cabinet Room at number 10 Downing Street on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Prince William will marry his fiancee Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. (Photo by James Glossop - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Spectators wearing masks to represent Prince William, the Queen and Kate Middleton camp out along the procession route a day ahead of the Royal Wedding on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall returns to Clarence House after an impromptu walkabout on The Mall on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Royal family fan William Willis walks along the Mall wearing a suit covered in images of Prince William, Catherine Middleton and other members of the royal family on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Willis;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Royal family fan William Willis walks along the Mall wearing a suit covered in images of Prince William, Catherine Middleton and other members of the royal family on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Willis;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Fans of the royal family wait on the Mall for a sight of Prince William and Catherine Middleton returning to Buckingham Palace following tomorrow's marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on April 28, 2011 in London, England. With less than 24 hours to go final preparations for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton are in place. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Workers carry in sections of the red carpet at Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton are scheduled to get married tomorrow on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the Royal Wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Workers carry in sections of the red carpet at Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton are scheduled to get married tomorrow on April 28, 2011 in London, England. Millions of people the world over are expected to watch live broadcasts of the Royal Wedding on television in what is becoming the most talked about event of the year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 27: Kate Middleton attends the 46664 Concert In Celebration Of Nelson Mandela's Life held at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 27: Kate Middleton (R) and guest attend during the 46664 concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Union Jack flag bunting decorates a shopping street in sight of Windsor Castle on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. Prince William will marry Catherine Middleton in seven days time at Westminster Abbey in London. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The badge for a limited edition Royal Wedding celebration ale brewed by Fuller's on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The ale will go on sale next week to be served in the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: The badge for a limited edition Royal Wedding celebration ale brewed by Fuller's on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The ale will go on sale next week to be served in the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A woman admires a cake featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22-25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A woman admires a replica wedding cake for Prince Albert, Duke of York (King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother) at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22, 2011 to April 25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A cake featuring figurines of Prince William and Kate Middleton is displayed at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A woman admires a cake featuring figurines of Prince William and Kate Middleton at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22-25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: General view of wedding cakes on display at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22-25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: A cake of Buckingham Palace is displayed at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22-25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Detail of a replica wedding cake for Prince Albert, Duke of York (King George VI) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother) at an exhibition of Royal Wedding cakes on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The cake features in the 'Let Them Eat Cake' exhibition inside Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner and is open to the public over Easter from April 22, 2011 to April 25, 2011. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
UNDATED - UNITED KINGDOM: In this handout photograph provided by Woolworths, a souvenir plate is seen to mark the anticipated engagement of Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton. Beneath the portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the message ?Celebrating the Royal marriage of William and Kate," with a space left for the date. The leading high street store has designed a range of memorabilia including traditional china plates, thimbles, mouse mats and Will and Kate shaped pick and mix sweets in anticipation of the event. (Photo by Woolworths via Getty Images)
UNDATED - UNITED KINGDOM: In this handout photograph provided by Woolworths, a souvenir mug is seen to mark the anticipated engagement of Prince William and his girlfriend Kate Middleton. Beneath the portraits of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the message ?Celebrating the Royal marriage of William and Kate," with a space left for the date. The leading high street store has designed a range of memorabilia including traditional china plates, thimbles, mouse mats and Will and Kate shaped pick and mix sweets in anticipation of the event. (Photo by Woolworths via Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 27: Kate Middleton attends the 46664 concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else inspects the uniforms of members of the Irish Guards during an inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew Else;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: An Irish Guardsmen comes under close inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew Else;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: An Irish Guardsmen is helped from the parade ground after feeling faint during an inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 21: The 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Catherine Middleton, is displayed at the Crown Office at the House of Lords on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, Queen Elizabeth signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton". (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 21: The 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Catherine Middleton, is displayed at the Crown Office at the House of Lords on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, Queen Elizabeth signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton". (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 21: The 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Catherine Middleton, is displayed at the Crown Office at the House of Lords on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, Queen Elizabeth signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton". (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 21: A detail of the 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Catherine Middleton, is displayed at the Crown Office at the House of Lords on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, Queen Elizabeth signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton". (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON - APRIL 21: A detail of the 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince William's forthcoming marriage to Catherine Middleton, is displayed at the Crown Office at the House of Lords on April 21, 2011 in London, England. Under the Great Seal of the Realm, Queen Elizabeth signed an elaborate notice of approval which proclaimed, in transcribed calligraphy, consent to the union of "Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales, K.G. and Our Trusty and Well-beloved Catherine Elizabeth Middleton". (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Irish Guards ceremonial uniforms await collection in a stor room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Irish Guards ceremonial uniforms await collection form a store room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Irish Guardsman Bortnill St'Ange is measured for his ceremonial uniform by Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else in the store room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bortnill St'Ange;
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Irish Guardsman Bortnill St'Ange tries on his ceremonial uniform in the store room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bortnill St'Ange;
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Irish Guardsman Bortnill St'Ange is fitted with his ceremonial uniform by Master Tailor Lance Sergeant Matthew Else in the store room at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in Windsor, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bortnill St'Ange;Matthew Else;
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Kate Middleton smiles as she meets members of the public during a visit to the University of St Andrews on February 25, 2011 in St Andrews, Scotland. The couple returned to the university where they first met to launch a fundraising campaign for a new GBP 13 million scholarship and students support. The couple will marry in a much anticipated ceremony at Westminster Abbey on April 29th. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kate Middleton
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 08: Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal Couple are visiting Northern Ireland as part of a tour of the country that a couple of weeks ago took them to St Andrews University in Scotland and Anglesey in North Wales to launch a lifeboat. This day-long trip to Ireland has been kept top secret due to security issues. They will marry on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey in a much anticipated ceremony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kate Middleton
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Herald Painter, Robert Parsons, sketches the new Coat of Arms for Catherine Middleton's family at the College of Arms in London on April 18, 2011 in London England. Catherine Middleton will use this Coat of Arms until her April 29th royal wedding to Britain's Prince William, when it will be merged with his Coat of Arms. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Herald Painter, Robert Parsons, sketches the new Coat of Arms for Catherine Middleton's family at the College of Arms in London on April 18, 2011 in London England. Catherine Middleton will use this Coat of Arms until her April 29th royal wedding to Britain's Prince William, when it will be merged with his Coat of Arms. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool / Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robert Parsons;
TEMPLATE OUT LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Garter Principal King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, Thomas Woodcock, holds the new Coat of Arms of Catherine Middleton's family at the College of Arms in London on April 18, 2011 in London England. Catherine Middleton will use this Coat of Arms until her April 29th royal wedding to Britain's Prince William, when it will be merged with his Coat of Arms. (Photo by Suzanne Plunkett - WPA Pool / Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thomas Woodcock;
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Clarence House handout photo, issued April 19, 2011, of the front (right) and back covers of the official souvenir wedding programme for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The wedding is due to take place on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Royal Household - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Bunting is reflected in a bus window on Regent Street on April 19, 2011 in London, England. Preparations are underway across the city as the Royal wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton draws nearer. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Members of the Scots Guards kick up dust during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at Buckingham Palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 11.30 in the morning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A member of the Scots Guards exhales in an attempt to cool himself during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at Buckingham Palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 11.30 in the morning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A member of the Scots Guards has his duties read to him during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at Buckingham Palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 11.30 in the morning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: The Band of the Coldstream Guards form up around the main gate of Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on April 20, 2011 in London, England. Soldiers guard Queen Elizabeth II and other royals at Buckingham Palace in a 24 hour rotation with a ceremonial hand over at 11.30 in the morning. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: A media stand is erected outside Westminster Abbey on April 20, 2011 in London, England. With only 9 days until the Royal Wedding stands and media facilities have been created along the Royal Route. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: An Irish Guardsmen comes under close inspection at Victoria Barracks on April 21, 2011 in London, England. The Irish Guards returned from active duty in Afghanistan at the beginning of April, and are now preparing for ceremonial duties. Prince William is the Colonel of the Regiment and the Irish Guards will be on duty at the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew Else;

Today's Royal wedding will have a distinctly Irish feel. Prince William will be married in red — wearing the famous tunic of an Irish Guards officer rather than his RAF uniform.

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He holds the honorary rank of Colonel of the Irish Guards and will honour the regiment by walking down the aisle with his bride in the dashing scarlet uniform.

He will also be wearing his Garter sash and star, Royal Air Force ‘wings’ and Golden Jubilee medal.

The decision is unexpected as the Prince is a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF working as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, and could have worn the uniform of the Air Force. The last major Royal wedding to feature a groom marrying in red was Captain Mark Phillips, at the time an officer with the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards who married the Princess Royal in 1973.

The Irish Guards — one of only five regiments charged with securing Royal residences — will be heavily involved in today’s ceremony.

Their soldiers will be running the Queen’s Guard within the palace and will be part of the mounted guard prior to Catherine leaving Buckingham Palace.

Sergeant Glen Stevenson, who is from Northern Ireland and recently returned from Afghanistan, said it was an “unbelievable honour” for the Guards to be involved in the pageantry of the occasion.

“We have inspected the kit numerous times to make sure everything is 100% and the way we need it to be so we stand out on Buckingham Palace forecourt when the service is going on,” he added. Meanwhile, David Rodgers from Maghera has been hand-picked to play his bagpipes at the Royal event. The soldier served with the Irish Guards in Bosnia and Kosovo and spent six months in Iraq in 2010.

The Colour Sergeant will play to hundreds of guests and the Prince and his new bride as they make their way to the reception following the service at Westminster Abbey. David had to submit a list of music to be approved by Prince William.

William will travel to Westminster Abbey with his brother and best man wearing an Irish Guards mounted officer's uniform in guard of honour order and with a forage cap.

The Prince will wear a gold and crimson sash, and gold sword slings — both worn in the presence of a member of the Royal family — but he will not carry a sword.

The tunic, in Guards' red, features the regiment's distinctive arrangement of buttons in groups of four.

They feature the Harp of Ireland surmounted by the Crown Imperial and the arrangement of buttons on the uniform denotes the Irish Guards' position in the Order of Battle as the fourth regiment out of the five Foot Guards regiments — Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh.

The insignia of the Irish Guards on the forage cap is the eight-pointed Star of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, and features the Regiment's motto Quis Separabit? — ‘Who shall separate us?’

The uniform was fitted by Kashket and Partners — military and civilian tailors who hold a royal warrant from the Queen.

Background

The Irish Guards are based in Victoria Barracks, Windsor. The battalion is made up of five companies with a variety of supporting arms and is currently on operational deployment in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Irish Guards recruit in Northern Ireland and across the rest of of the UK. The regiment was formed on April 1, 1900 by order of Queen Victoria to commemorate the Irish people who fought in the Boer War for the British Empire.

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